Florida sinkhole swallows 2 homes, boat

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Officials evacuated residents from eight nearby homes after a hole the size of a small swimming pool opened in the ground.

After the home collapsed, the only thing that was visible was it's roof and a side wall.

Crews with Pasco County Fire Rescue, Duke Energy, Pasco County Emergency Management and the Pasco County Building Inspector are headed to the scene.

At 7:25 a.m. on Friday, 911 dispatchers received a call about a boat that was falling into a hole that had formed at 21835 Ocean Pine Drive in Land O' Lakes.


Firefighters were able to get two dogs out of the home and retrieve some belongings before the first home started collapsing into the quickly-expanding hole. No one was home at the time.

Sinkholes are a regular occurrence in Central Florida due to the nature of the state's geology.

Guthrie said a 50-foot-deep sinkhole occurred at the site of one of the swallowed homes five years ago.

"At this point in time, we will continue to make and maintain about a 200-foot perimeter off the edge of this particular sinkhole", Guthrie said. Officials are monitoring the progression of the sinkhole and keeping residents out of the area. WFLA News Channel 8 did some digging and found that the home was also sold in 2015 as a "repaired" home.

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